In a recent viral Reddit post, an LGBTQ+ art teacher from a small town school asked people if he was wrong for removing a child from his class due to reports from the child's parents of “inappropriate behavior in the classroom.”
The teacher explained that he had recently received a new student in his class who had previously been homeschooled, adding that the student had begged his parents to let him go to a “normal school” with his friends.
Although the teacher admitted that the student is a “great kid,” there’s still one issue – he doesn't ask for permission to use the bathroom during class.
He noted that this isn't a problem for him, but it’s a problem for the strict school administration. “I'm not the strict ‘everything needs to be my way’ kind of teacher,” he wrote, “but administration has a very strict policy for students outside of classrooms during class periods.”
In an effort to address the issue and get the student to follow the rules, the teacher requested a meeting with his parents, who seemed like “fine enough people” at first.
During the meeting, however, the parents noticed a photo on the art teacher's desk of himself (28m) and his husband (31m). He responded honestly when they asked about it, as it had never been an issue before.
Later, the teacher learned that the parents called the school to report him for “inappropriate behavior in the classroom,” despite the fact that he never talks about his husband in class.
“I am there to teach,” he explained, “not preach.”
He mentioned that the school administration supported him, but the parents continued to send "rude" emails to his school email account, demanding that their child not be “exposed” to his "disgusting lifestyle."
Consequently, the teacher no longer felt comfortable having the new student in his class and decided to remove him to avoid being called a "groomer" or accused of corrupting "innocent minds with [his] filth."
OP stated in an update that he’d consult with a lawyer since the parents requested that he be fired and replaced by the school.
“I may be the a**hole here,” admitted the teacher, referring to his decision to remove the child from the art class that he loved.
The LGTB+ teacher received an outpouring of support in the comments.
“NTA,” one voted, “I don’t see how having a picture of yourself with your husband is so wrong. Unless you’re naked on a bed with him.”
Another hinted, “ever wonder why he was home schooled in the first place?”
Others felt that it wasn’t the teacher's responsibility to deal with this kind of “harassment,” but rather the responsibility of the school administration, with one person urging, “they need to make it stop one way or another.”
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